NORMAN, Okla. Former Sooner Andrew Magee remains third after three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Magee’s finished 2 under on the day to keep him in a five-way tie for third place and nine strokes behind leader Phil Mickelson.
Mickelson (-20) continued his mastery of the Pebble Beach courses, firing a 67 (-5) on the Pebble Beach Golf Links course in round three. Mickelson set a course record in round one with his 62 at Spyglass Hill and broke the tournament record for the best 36-holes yesterday after shooting 67 at Poppy Hills.
Magee started Saturday at Poppy Hills, sweeping through the back nine at 2 under before bogeying 1 and 2. The four-time PGA Tour winner, however, birdied 4 and 8 to preserve his -2 round.
This week’s performance is the latest in a string of impressive results for the three-time OU All-American.
Magee, who sat out the entire 2004 season with an Achilles tendon injury, is making the most of his major medical exemption. The 42 year old already has two top-10 finishes in 2005 and was 19th on the season money list prior to this week’s tournament.
Magee’s exemption allows him to enter 29 events and match the $623,262 winnings of 2004’s No. 125 Tag Ridings. If he does so, he will play out of the major medical extension category for the remainder of the season. Last year, the winner's share of the $5.3 million Pebble Beach purse was $954,000.
The former Sooner turned pro in 1984 and last won on the tour in 1994. Magee tees off from Pebble Beach Golf Links 1 at 11:10 a.m. CST Sunday.
For other Sooners were in the field for this week’s tournament. British Open Champion Todd Hamilton missed the cut for tomorrow’s final round by one stroke. Glen Day and Grant Waite also missed the cut. Continuing, however, will be two-time All-American Hunter Haas who is tied for 54th.
Sunday’s final round television coverage of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am beings at 2 p.m. CST on CBS.